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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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A.D. 912. GENEALOGY OP DUKE BOBEBT. 461 side of the river Epte. Rollo himself was surrounded by troops of warriors, but after many messengers had passed to and fro between them, peace was at last established, and Rollo pledged his fealty to the king, and the king granted him the land which has been described above, and also gave him his daughter for a wife. He also added the gift of the whole of Brittany, the princes of which province, by name Berengarius and Alan, took the oath of fealty to Rollo. And then, after all these things had been done in this noble manner, the Frenchmen "who were standing by, exhorted Rollo to kiss the king's foot, in acknowledgment of such a liberal gift. But Rollo disdained to bend his knee, took up the king's foot with violence, and lifting it to his mouth, threw the king on the ground on his back, and the Frenchmen, being indignant at this action, excited the Normans to laughter. For it appeared to Rollo to be an unworthy thing for him to possess the land which he had subdued by force of arms as the gift o f any one whatever. Peace, therefore, having been made in this manner, the king of France returned home, and Rollo, with duke Robert, returned to Rouen, and was baptized, with all his companions, by Franco, archbishop of Rouen, and duke Robert was his godfather to take him from the sacred font, and gave him his own name, A.D. 913. And then the magnificent duke Robert,1 having made sumptuous preparation for his nuptials, received the king's daughter as his wife, and the partner of his bed, in the Christian fashion. But she died a few years afterwards by an untimely death, without any children, and then duke Robert took Popa, whom he had divorced, and married her again. Since now many illustrious dukes and kings derive their descent from this magnificent duke Robert, it appears desirable, for the clearness of this history, to give his genealogy in a brief detail, Japhet, the third son of Noah, begat a son whom he called Magog, whose Gothic progeny, deriving the name of their ancestor from the similitude of the last syllable of the name Magog, produced two tribes of Goths, who were both most valiant in arms. One of which tribes invaded the Further Scythia, and occupied that country, and for a long time car Meaning Rollo, who had been christened Robert.


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